5 “Old School” Ab Exercises You Should STILL Be Doing!!

  • If you have forgotten about these old school ab exercises, then it’s time for a refresher. I’m going to cover 5 abdominal exercises that will be a blast from the past but are still capable of delivering serious six packs to anyone that does them. Each one will be broken down into the component reasons for why you need to put these back in your ab workouts starting today.
    First up is the dragon thrust. This ab exercise is a variation of the classic Bruce Lee move called the Dragon Flag. The idea is that you are trying to keep your torso rigid as you extend it out at length. The key differentiator between this and say a plank (another exercise that works on keeping the body rigid) is that this one requires the glutes and posterior chain muscles to fire instead of the anterior chain muscles to make it work. We often get too much work in our anterior chain anyway and not enough on the backside, making this a tremendous core stability move you need to start doing again.
    The second exercise is called the ab scissors. This was a favorite lower ab exercise done by the bodybuilders of yore. The key here is to position your body in the right way before doing the movement and then working on keeping it there for the duration of the exercise.
    Here you want to sit at the end of a bench and lean back until your pelvis is in a posterior tilt. This will engage the abdominal muscles. The legs should be held straight out in front of you with the knees straight. Simply lift one leg up to about 45 degrees from the floor and crunch your torso forward to reach a peak contraction at the top.
    Unlike traditional lower ab exercises that require you lift your legs while laying on the floor, this has much less chance of tilting you into anterior tilt and stressing the lower back while at the same time keeping the tension on the abs at the moment you want it the most. A traditional leg lift will get easiest at the top of the movement, not the ab scissor.
    Next is the broom stick twist. You’ve likely seen this out of every classic old school bodybuilder, but I’m not sure that they were doing it in the healthiest way for their backs. This should not be a movement you do for high reps and with great range of motion. Instead, you want to round the thoracic spine and posteriorly tilt the pelvis to limit rotation and keep it confined mostly to the thoracic spine. From here, a small 20 degree twist in each direction is enough to fully engage the obliques and get an incredible contraction. Be sure to lean back while doing this to increase the demands of the exercise.
    The single sided dumbbell carry is one of the most traditional exercises you can do for your core. That said, a carry with a dumbbell in each hand will negate the majority of the core benefits this exercise provides. The offset dumbbell demands that the muscles on the opposite side of the torso contract to keep your shoulders level with your pelvis while you walk. No matter how far you wind up walking with this, the key is to keep the pace natural and the body from tilting.
    Finally, some think the captain’s chair ab exercises are somehow easier versions of the exercises done from a hanging bar. This is true in only one sense and that is, on your grip. That said, if your goal is maximum abdominal development then you don’t want your grip to be the thing that takes you out of the game in your ab workout. Instead, let the chair bear the weight through your forearms and take your ab exercise arsenal to another level while you fry your abs with each move shown.
    The key to ab training is not just to make sure you’re getting the most out of every rep you do but to make sure you’re covering all of the key functions these versatile muscles are capable of. My new Core4 Abs program will do just that. I’m putting the science back in ab training to get your abs and core not just showing, but stronger than ever before in just weeks. You can find it at athleanx.com via the link below.
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    • Alexander
      Alexander Vor Monat

      My favourite video 😊😊😊

    • Jose Colmenares
      Jose Colmenares Vor 2 Monate

      yo, if anyone won the prize of the 30 day program. would you mind letting me peek inside to see the treasures please.

    • Faisal Khan
      Faisal Khan Vor 2 Monate

      Hiii...me from pakistan wants you became my teacher...

  • Jan France
    Jan France Vor Tag

    can you do it at home man

  • Gordon Tulloch
    Gordon Tulloch Vor 2 Tage

    Good workout alright cool I like it, thank you for showing me the old school.

  • Empyre Yt
    Empyre Yt Vor 2 Tage

    Sub to Empyre yt

  • Bryan Clements
    Bryan Clements Vor 2 Tage

    Why is Jessie naked

  • Denil Jibi
    Denil Jibi Vor 2 Tage

    Isn’t it st

  • Gati Ro
    Gati Ro Vor 3 Tage

    Jeff has the funniest expression : ))))

  • Brady22
    Brady22 Vor 4 Tage

    Bartholomew is rocking the santa claus beard tho

  • Brian Kinary
    Brian Kinary Vor 8 Tage

    Thanks so much for this video! During quarantine holy shit I’m going mad trying to find new things to do. So. Finding old shit. The best! 🙏

  • Tony Sanchez
    Tony Sanchez Vor 9 Tage

    Look up Cossack in the dictionary, you'll find Jessie's picture...

  • Untamed Fitness 101
    Untamed Fitness 101 Vor 10 Tage

    🔥🔥 Great content, I’ve been implementing a lot of your strategies
    in my content. Salute.🔥💪💪💪

  • freakjob0
    freakjob0 Vor 10 Tage

    Bartholomew is the best assistant.

  • Angelina Esporrin
    Angelina Esporrin Vor 10 Tage

    Uhh this is strange

  • Angel Gutierrez
    Angel Gutierrez Vor 10 Tage

    Jeff likes them cheeks busting exercises!

  • Steve Savicki
    Steve Savicki Vor 11 Tage


  • Brian Jaeger
    Brian Jaeger Vor 11 Tage

    2020 has 366 days. Just sayin

  • George Michael
    George Michael Vor 13 Tage

    Horrible exercises. Flexing the neck and flexing the spine. Bad Posture. Segmenting the rotation of the spine (twists). This guy needs to follow Dr. Stuart McGill and learn something new. Your going to hurt someone fast

  • Game Play
    Game Play Vor 14 Tage

    Jeff's fingers have abs

  • BillyViBritannia
    BillyViBritannia Vor 14 Tage +1

    7:26 "taking the demand off of your grip, as a weakling" .... :'(

  • Mpire Fitness
    Mpire Fitness Vor 16 Tage

    As always great videos! “Bartholomew” is cracking me up 😂🤣

  • Jitendra Mathut
    Jitendra Mathut Vor 16 Tage

    Superb nice

  • Ser S
    Ser S Vor 17 Tage

    Jessie makes Jeff look like crap

  • H G
    H G Vor 18 Tage

    JESSE/NOT JESSE JUST MADE MY DAY! Laughing so hard in my office 😂😂😂 so glad he’s such a part of these vids.

  • YourRivalNemesis
    YourRivalNemesis Vor 18 Tage

    I think you forgot that those guy were juiced up

  • Rick Thompson
    Rick Thompson Vor 18 Tage

    Has Jesse got a split personality disorder ? Lol 😆

  • kaylib debusscheree
    kaylib debusscheree Vor 18 Tage

    Where’s Jessie’s shoes or socks even lmao

    ABOVE THE LAW Vor 20 Tage

    Jesse looking good.We can see how he has advanced.

  • Thomas Brogan
    Thomas Brogan Vor 22 Tage

    Jesse's right eye is crooked. Just sayin'

  • Michael Powell
    Michael Powell Vor 22 Tage

    Roman column.

  • M Young
    M Young Vor 23 Tage

    Ab work that I was looking for, the seated broomstick, the leaning leg lift. Thank you.

  • KY
    KY Vor 23 Tage

    LOL ! I love the role play with Jesse :p

  • John K
    John K Vor 24 Tage

    This shit literally made me lol, thanks for the laugh guys. Its my birthday today! Stay focused and stay strong out there my friends!

  • D birdflips
    D birdflips Vor 25 Tage

    Why train the abs?

  • Nelson Montana
    Nelson Montana Vor 26 Tage

    No Roman Chair Sit-ups? Greatest old school ab exercise ever.

  • Joe Jenkins
    Joe Jenkins Vor 26 Tage

    Jeff is the man . Thank you for wonderful information

  • raymon kravagna
    raymon kravagna Vor 27 Tage

    366 days this year!!

  • Jimmy S2
    Jimmy S2 Vor 29 Tage

    that look at 2:36 gets me

    PAPI TRINO Vor Monat

    excellent social place

  • Dave Cooke
    Dave Cooke Vor Monat

    Instructions unclear. My mustache won't twirl.

  • Runs4Drinks
    Runs4Drinks Vor Monat

    Such a goofball.

  • Henry Donatello
    Henry Donatello Vor Monat

    Bartholomew KILLS! 😂

  • Hehexd
    Hehexd Vor Monat

    2020 is 366 days long...

  • Earl Hamilgton
    Earl Hamilgton Vor Monat

    This is one of the best athlean x videos ,
    Ah thanks

  • D Mos
    D Mos Vor Monat

    Jessie funny lol

  • Bob Ross
    Bob Ross Vor Monat

    For me
    1:36, 2:45, 5:52, 7:04

  • Wilson Charles Arevilca Medrano

    Atlean x es el mejor

  • Andrew M
    Andrew M Vor Monat +1

    BOTH of you are VERY educational and entertaining!! Keep it up!

  • michaelbeholder
    michaelbeholder Vor Monat

    God damn Jesse is looking hot as hell 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

  • Gaylene Caterini
    Gaylene Caterini Vor Monat

    Nice guys!! I am a woman who is fit but had a c-section. 5 foot 2ish and 114 pounds. I lift heavy, do Spartan Boot Camp and long distance run (for love of it and mental stamina).I still have a tiny lip and need to know how to get rid of it without surgery. Any suggestions? My diet is 80 2o rule.

  • Iba Liten
    Iba Liten Vor Monat

    All this ab exercise I did 5 thousand time Im still stuck with no ab bro

  • ChocolateJewels
    ChocolateJewels Vor Monat

    OMG. This was funny as heck. Bartholomew. Fantastic explanations.

  • Karvn
    Karvn Vor Monat

    Next up: How gains are KILLING your gains!

  • dudestyle01
    dudestyle01 Vor Monat

    Really liked this video... I'm not a gym type of person and I have gained a (small) pot belly from to much Guiness..... Apart from the last exercise I can easily do this at home, I have a set of dumb bells. I only spent 1/2 hr so far doing these and my stomach feels tighter already, I will try to do an hr everyday.... You're explanations of the different techniques is spot on and easy to follow.
    BTW I'm really in to 195-'s/60's culture, the photo's were cool and Jessie's Victorian type muscle man really made me laugh also :-) Thanks. Now do you have one for man boobs ;-)

  • MICH
    MICH Vor Monat

    That dude is so annoying and childish.

  • Sreerag sre
    Sreerag sre Vor Monat

    കൊളളം പൊളി സാധനം

  • Defeqel
    Defeqel Vor Monat

    Jesse's beard and mustache are fabulous though..

  • Rob Manthe
    Rob Manthe Vor Monat

    Thank you so much, Bartholomew.

  • wonderful facts in hindi

    jessy is too skiny

  • samuraioodon
    samuraioodon Vor Monat

    Jess is such a goofball haha

  • Rocky Garcia
    Rocky Garcia Vor Monat

    Reminds me of those two guys from early seasons of Family Guy.....[piani music] Steak & Eggs, and eggs & steak. That's what you should have for breakfast...I got it!

  • TRD
    TRD Vor Monat

    Great video guys.can you please tell me what make/model is the captains chair/power tower ?.
    Thank you.

  • Ayush
    Ayush Vor Monat


  • John Doogie
    John Doogie Vor Monat

    Hey Jeff and Bartholomew, love all the videos keep up the great work! Just wanted to suggest if you could possibly do a video on both of your personal favourite ab exercises that you do every time you train

  • Dale H
    Dale H Vor Monat

    Jessie, keep up the Great work !!
    We need more of Jessie in the work out
    Thanks for all you guys do and your time!!!

  • Marlon Jardim
    Marlon Jardim Vor Monat

    This was as informative as it was funny hahaha

  • Rem Remy
    Rem Remy Vor Monat +1

    “In due time I will.” Quite.

  • MsConchSalad
    MsConchSalad Vor Monat

    Bartholomew’s (Jesse) stache is HOT 🔥

  • Isaac Rambo
    Isaac Rambo Vor Monat

    This Jesse guy isn’t even funny take him out the damn videos seriously

  • Cheesey McCheese
    Cheesey McCheese Vor Monat

    I just seen a video from 2017....come on jesse its been 3 years and you are as big as you where then

  • Mark
    Mark Vor Monat

    Is that hipster going for the 1910 Circus Strongman look? Does he ride a unicycle to the gym? lmfao

    KARMA YOGI Vor Monat

    Jessie bro.. great style

  • geechrammstein
    geechrammstein Vor Monat

    What I really like about these is you can do them anywhere really. You don't need any equipment at all. Maybe a broom stick. You don't need the bench you can use a chair. So people who make excuses like "I can't drive to the gym when there is an inch of snow on the ground" can do them at home sitting at their computer.

  • Sewer World
    Sewer World Vor Monat

    Why is jesse still so small

  • Austin Harris
    Austin Harris Vor Monat

    I wonder who Jessie is to Jeff. Is he like a relative, significant others family, mentor, etc.?

  • WCvanO
    WCvanO Vor Monat

    Putting the fun back into exercise!Great video as always.

  • Ernest French
    Ernest French Vor Monat

    366 days

  • Conner da Jackson
    Conner da Jackson Vor Monat

    Wow looking at jessy two years ago vs now is amazing. Good job Jessy and Jeff

  • Stronzo EltoRonto
    Stronzo EltoRonto Vor Monat

    Haha Jessie best man

  • Jola Ssss
    Jola Ssss Vor 2 Monate

    Can women do those ab workouts?